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Comment: Re:Why not include the original IBM design? (Score 1) 182

by jonwil (#48683769) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

If it wasn't for the negative reports I have heard regarding the Model M and certain games (e.g. twitchy FPS games or fast button mashers) I would buy a Unicomp to replace this generic Microsoft job.

But I dont want to spend up big only to find that its too hard to play the games I play (although to be fair for the arcade stuff I have a USB arcade joystick) so I dont want to take the risk...

Comment: Why is Australia buying MORE of these crap heaps? (Score 1) 270

by jonwil (#48681235) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

I can understand the initial purchase (in that we needed something to replace the obsolete F-111 Aardvark and at the time it wasn't known how bad F-35 would turn out to be. But now our government wants to buy MORE of these things despite no evidence that they are actually any good as an airplane? Why?

Does Australia actually need that many airplanes? (its not like there are any countries in our region that are likely to decide to attack us so the only real mission for the F-35 is going to be sending a few to help in some foreign war and we dont need anywhere near as many aircraft to be able to do that)
Is Abbot just following through on a commitment originally made by Howard when he placed the first order of F-35s?
Is Abbot deliberately doing this to make the budget look worse so he can justify his unpopular budget cuts?

Comment: Many people had no choice but to pirate... (Score 1) 147

by jonwil (#48676841) Attached to: Crowds (and Pirates) Flock To 'The Interview'

The decision of Sony to limit the release to the US as of now (presumably because they still want to be able to negotiate with cinema chains in Australia, Europe and elsewhere) means people who want to see it have no choice but to pirate it.

If Sony had made the online release (through the special website at the very least) global then piracy wouldn't be anywhere near as much of a problem.

Comment: Interesting ides... (Score 1) 232

by jonwil (#48669001) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Its an interesting idea but there are so many issues to resolve.
Which platform do you use? Xbox? PlayStation? PC?
If PC, who defines the system specs? Which games do you use?
Who defines what settings are used for each match like the level to use? What would the rules be regarding player choices like e.g. which faction the player picks in an RTS? What happens if the internet or severs go down mid-match?

Of couse some of these questions have already been answered by existing e-sports contests and the IOC would probably defer to that rather than inventing new rules. (just like olympic golf, if it was a thing, would be played according to the rules set down by St Andrews Royal & Ancient instead of inventing ndw ones)

Comment: Check out this tutorial (Score 1) 121

by jonwil (#48638943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

Check out this tutorial:

Good Game Spawn Point is a TV show aimed at younger gamers (like the OP's kid) and the tutorial in question takes you step by step through the production of a simple game.

And once they have done this, they can start playing around with the Scratch! toolkit (a free game design tool produced by the fine folks at the MIT Media Lab aimed at getting kids into game development and coding) and producing their own games.

Comment: Why is Sony withholding the film? (Score 1) 221

by jonwil (#48638327) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Ok so the largest theater chains wont show the film (not just because of the threats of physical attack but because of the threats of cyber attack by the same hackers that attacked Sony).

And it doesn't make sense to do a full theatrical release if the biggest chains in the US wont show it (because of all the costs involved with doing a theatrical release like marketing and advertising).

So why doesn't Sony just release it to every digital download store that will take it? (and any increased risk of cyber attack that might come from distributing the film) It wouldn't be the first time that a film originally slated for theatrical release ended up being switched to a direct-to-video release instead.

Are there legal issues in going direct-to-video? (e.g. contracts with the production team) Could Sony have been asked by the government not to go direct-to-video at this point? Are they still considering a theatrical release of some kind at some point in the future? Or are Sony scared that releasing the film in this way will result in further damage? (i.e. the hackers releasing information they copied in the Sony hack and haven't yet released but which, if released, will be even more damaging to Sony than what's released so far)

Comment: Re:This is not a new bill... (Score 1) 91

I see nothing to indicate that the list in that link is significantly different to the export control list that has been in force for years.

Yes it restricts the export of a lot of stuff including nuclear stuff, electronics, computer gear, telecoms gear, aerospace and more but unless there is some big list of "stuff added to the export control list just recently" that I have missed, I dont see all that much that is now export-controlled under this new bill that wasn't export-controlled before.

Comment: Re:Blah blah DRM blah blah (Score 1) 159

by jonwil (#48629299) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

I see nothing to indicate this region lock stops anyone from buying games from the US Steam store. All it does is stops people who aren't in Russia from buying from the Russian Steam store at Russian prices and people who are in Russia from buying from the Russian Steam store then gifting the game to someone not in Russia.

Comment: This is not a new bill... (Score 1) 91

by jonwil (#48628917) Attached to: Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

This is not a new bill, it is an amendment to the "Defence Trade Controls Act 2012".

I see nothing to suggest that, say, exporting open source cryptographic software without a permit is more illegal under this bill than it is as things stand right now. I did 6 months working for Motorola doing software development back in 2005 or so and I remember they had training and stuff regarding export controls including export controls on cryptography.

The actual list of what is export controlled is the same list as used in every other country that is a signatory to the same international export control treaty.

As for the bill itself, if it (or the bill it amends) DOES make exporting cryptography (or other software) illegal (or if that stuff is otherwise illegal) then people should use the public consultation process (or letters to their local MPs and senators) asking for exemptions that cover open source software so that it becomes possible to continue development and use of such software in Australia.

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